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No. 19 Texas Tech Hosts SMU And Wisconsin


LUBBOCK, Texas - With a new No. 19 ranking in tow, the Texas Tech will host a pair of matches this weekend, as the Lady Raiders face SMU on Friday at 4 p.m. and Wisconsin at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the McLeod Tennis Center.

"We are really excited to play at home after being on the road for the last five weeks," said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. "We learned a lot about ourselves as a team and I think we grew. We have the opportunity to continue to improve this weekend as we face SMU and Wisconsin."

The Lady Raiders jumped two spots in this week's ITA Top 75 Poll and rank 19th. It is the highest ranking by any team in the Big 12. TCU is ranked 20th and Baylor is 24th in the most recent poll, while Oklahoma State (27), Texas (29), Kansas State (32) and Oklahoma (37) are in the Top 40.

This week's opponents SMU (6-3) and Wisconsin (1-7) are not ranked.

SMU holds a 21-2 record in the all-time series with the Lady Raiders. The series dates back to 1980 and was last played in 2008. Texas Tech's first win came in 1981, when the Lady Raiders stunned No. 16 SMU, 5-4, in Dallas. The Mustangs would roll off 19 consecutive victories before Texas Tech snapped the streak as No. 73 Texas Tech upset No. 63 SMU, 5-3, in Dallas.

The Mustangs are paced by No. 98 Edyta Cieplucha, who is 17-6 on the season and 6-1 at No. 1 this season. She is currently riding a six-match winning streak. Aleks Malyarchikova  has been equally impressive with a 14-4 overall mark and a 5-2 record at No. 2. She is 8-2 in her last 10 matches. The tandem of Cieplucha and Malyarchikova is ranked 54th nationally. They are 10-2 on the season.

This is the first-ever meeting with Wisconsin. The top two performers for the Badgers are Lauren Burich (8-10) and Lauren Chypyha (8-8).

The Lady Raider roster features Williams Bay, Wis., native Caroline Starck, who has won more matches over the last 25 years as a Lady Raider than any other player during that time period. She has gone 84-35 in singles and 62-38 in doubles. Starck is 6-0 this spring and 11-3 on the season.

Texas Tech also features a pair of ranked singles players in Kenna Kilgo, who enters this week's matches at No. 86, while her teammate Samantha Adams is ranked No. 115. The pair is teamed in doubles and is ranked No. 47 nationally. Kilgo is an impressive 13-4 on the season, while Adams is 8-12 while playing No. 1 singles. As a doubles tandem, they are 9-6.

Other key contributors for the Lady Raiders have been Sandra Dynka (10-7), Nikki Sanders (11-4) and Elizabeth Ullathorne (13-6).

 


 

 

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